This classic crime novel tells the story of Frankie Machine, the golden arm dealer at a back street Chicago gambling den. Frankie reckons he’s a tough guy in the Chicago underworld but finds that he’s not tough enough to kick his heroin addiction. With consummate skill and a finely-tuned ear for the authentic dialogue of the backstreets, Algren lays bare the tragedy and humour of Frankie’s world.
Foreword by Kurt Vonnegut; afterword by Studs Terkel.
Canongate Boks, 2005 (1949)